The pass mark in school exams will increase significantly in Latvia / Article

Next term, students will need to reach the 10% threshold to pass the exams, and it will continue to increase over the next few years until 2024/2025, the minimum is 20%.

For years, universities have been pointing out that 5% is too little to give a certificate to the student. The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) now agrees with this and proposes to change the threshold.

Before 2012, there was a level system with the lowest level of F, which was not enough to enroll in higher education. The State Education Content Center said the 5% threshold is still below an F.

Statistics show that the number of students who fail an exam is increasing. Last year, there were 657 students. 585 did not pass the exam in mathematics and 68 in Latvian.

Last year, the average student scored 36% on the math exam, but a very large proportion of students passed the exam with a score between 0% and 20%. According to Latvian radio, the figure was over 5,000. In the future, the content of the math exam will be different: there will be a general, optimal and higher level exam. In the lower level exam, the 20% threshold would be easier to reach than in the exams used so far.

The education content center said discussions would continue on how to support students and teachers in the process, with particular attention to groups where exam results are significantly lower.

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